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R-P Schools are right in the ballpark


By Andy Prinsen

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

There has been concern voiced lately, and rightly so, over the size and cost of the proposed new PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson school to be voted on this coming November.  I believe that any investment of this size in our community should be in the “ballpark” in both size and cost with comparable projects that have occurred locally.   

I think the new school facility just completed in Wells, Minn., for the United South Central School District (USC) would be an excellent example to compare.   The United South Central School district has a PreK-12th grade population of 625, they built a school that is 161,000 square ft., and it cost 28.8 million dollars.   Using Rushford-Peterson’s PreK-12th grade population of 724, a building with the same square footage per pupil as USC would put us at 186,502  sq. feet.  Now, as we know, the new proposed PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson School building is designed to be 166,000 square feet.  This basic comparison shows us that the new proposed PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson building is certainly not “too big” and is actually smaller in square footage per pupil than the comparable USC school facility built in this region of this state.  

It would be unwise to use square footage averages from other states, especially ones located in a slightly different climate, due to their differing designs.  Many school districts in America located in more moderate climates do not have gymnasiums (or hallways) for their elementary or middle schools because they can be outside on playground courts all year round, so their square footage averages would be much smaller.  

In comparing the cost, the USC facility in Wells cost 28.8 million to accommodate 625 PreK-12th grade students.  Using this information, our 724 PreK-12th grade students’ facility should cost approximately 33.3 million dollars in 2011 (USC quote for facility in 2011, passed referendum in 2012, broke ground in 2013, facility opened in 2014), add three years of interest to adjust to today’s cost, which a local contractor told me that five percent inflation per year on supplies and labor was conservative (the USC superintendent of schools said construction costs went up 10-15% immediately after they got their quote), and you come up with an updated cost of 38.61 million dollars.  The proposed PreK-12th grade Rushford-Peterson School facilities quoted cost is 38.1 million dollars, so it is definite .....
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Guest commentary: Who has heard of Wells, Minn.?

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Brett Kues I have been told several times by several people, “Now is the time to build a new school because it will never be less expensive than it is if we build right now.” This seems to be the go to line for every person wanting a new sch ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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Guest Commentary: Balance sheet approach to frac sand mining decisions

Fri, Apr 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Bryan Van Gorp, Rushford, MN Let’s look at the economic, social, and environmental pros and cons to frac sand mining in SE Mn. Economic impact Dr. Steven Deller an economist from U of W who studied sand mining in Western Wisconsin says ther ..... 
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Why vote ‘NO’ for R-P Referendum?

By Jon Peterson

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Ten years ago the residents of the R-P school district, in a bonding referendum, overwhelmingly told the district they wanted their current facilities maintained and improved. Several things the district deemed necessary were done (such as new bleac ..... 
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Why vote ‘YES’ for R-P Referendum?

By Angela Colbenson

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Angela Colbenson R-P School Board Chair On December 19, Rushford Peterson school district will be asking their voters to approve up to 15 million dollars to be utilized for building a new elementary building plus utilize a small portion to reha ..... 
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Why build now, why build in two phases, and why build an elementary first?

By Robin Honken

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Submitted by Robin Honken, Ruth Peterson, Anne Spartz Most of us know the issues with both the Peterson and Rushford Facilities. If you don’t, we ask that you request a tour of the buildings and see for yourself the crumbling walls, inefficient s ..... 
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